2-4", flat-topped flower heads in shades of red, rust, beige, rose, yellow, apricot, and white on 24" stems. Use Colorado fresh as a cut flower, adding drama to bouquets with the added benefit of a long vase life. Decorative, fern-like foliage. When dried, the color is retained. Low-maintenance. Perennial in Zones 2-9.
• Attracts and supports beneficial insects such as damsel bugs, lacewings, lady beetles, and parasitic wasps.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 65-72°F (18-22°C). SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 8-10 weeks before last frost. Do not cover seed as light is required for germination. Bottom water or mist lightly to avoid covering the seed with displaced soil. Transplant to cell packs or 2-4" containers when the first true leaves appear, approximately 3 weeks after sowing. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seed: Sow seed in late spring, after late frost, early summer, or fall. Thin to stand 12-24" apart. Support may be necessary. GROWING ON: Grow seedlings for 3-5 weeks at 70-72°F (21-22°C) in full light. LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Any well-drained soil. PLANT SPACING: 12-24". HARDINESS ZONES: Zones 2-9. HARVEST: Fresh: Harvest when pollen is visible on the flowers. Cut in the coolest part of the day. USES: Excellent cut or dried flower. Permanent beds and mass plantings. Note: Divide every 3-4 years to maintain vigor. SCIENTIFIC NAME: Achillea millefolium
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.
120 - 130 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.
Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Organic Seeds, Plants, and Supplies
Plants, or seeds harvested from plants, that have been grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides, strictly adhering to the USDA's National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) organic gardening practices are designated as Organic.
Supplies that meet the USDA's National Organic Program (NOP) rules according to a third-party authority such as OMRI, WSDA, and/or a local authority such as MOFGA or NOFA.
Attracts Beneficial Insects
Variety attracts and supports pollinators and/or insects that prey on garden pests.